Receiving sincere gratitude, directly from the heart, is a powerful gift; one which is driving me to achieve my dreams. I experienced this gratitude while working for as a student volunteer for Magen David Adom, the ambulance service in Israel, from May 7 until June 26.
Arriving in Israel, I spent 10 days training in Jerusalem with newfound friends from Canada, the U.S., New Zealand, and the Netherlands. There was a real sense of people uniting from around the world to help Israel. In the training course, I learned skills such as CPR with an oxygen mask, backboarding for spinal injuries, taking vital signs, and applying tourniquets, as well as basic anatomy and kinematics of various traumas and diseases. [Read more…]